apticron- Simple tool to mail about pending package updates script
gdesklets - is a system for bringing mini programs (desklets), such as weather forecasts, news tickers, system information displays, or music player controls, onto your desktop, where they are sitting there in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and usefulness </li></ul>
Easier Ways to get Around Ubuntu Tips and Tricks in Ubuntu
GIMP is free and often shares the same capabilities as Adobe Photoshop.
Strong basic photo editing commands and tools. </li></ul>
Email System Updates with Apticron Instead of never knowing when your system needs updating or waiting to boot on your system, you can set up for your system to email you when an update is needed. 1 sudo apt-get -y install apticron in Terminal 2 Edit /etc/apticron/apticron.conf 3 Maintain the "EMAIL" setting placing your email in the quotes EMAIL="email@example.com" 4 Each day apticron will run and you'll get an email when there is an update. Example: apticron has detected that some packages need upgrading on: revo1 [ 127.0.0.1 127.0.1.1 10.10.10.124 ] The following packages are currently pending an upgrade: gnome-screensaver 2.28.0-0ubuntu3.5 micromiser-beta 2.1.2-0karmic1
Using OpenOffice.org <ul><li>OpenOffice.org is a great alternative to Microsoft Office and is free.
OpenOffice.org is installed on Ubuntu by default.
Unlike proprietary office software OpenOffice.org supports many more document formats. </li></ul><ul>OpenOffice.org Offers <li>Writer - Word Processing
Ubuntu enables "Desktop Wall" by default. By holding Ctrl-Alt keys and pressing the left-arrow or right-arrow key each time, it slides through desktop workspaces horizontally for you to choose one to work on. Alternatively, you can change this to a "rotate cube" effect.
Go To System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager
Select "Desktop" from the left panel.
Immediately you can rotate your desktop workspaces in this way— holding down Ctrl-Alt keys, EITHER press the left-arrow or right-arrow key OR left-click the mouse and drag it to left or right. </li></ul>
Customizing Ubuntu <ul>Tips and Tricks in Ubuntu </ul>
Changing the Ubuntu Desktop Theme <ul><li>Ubuntu has many themes, and many more can be downloaded from websites. To change themes on Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 LTS: </li></ul>Click System -> Preferences -> Appearance <ul><li>On older versions of Ubuntu: </li></ul>Click System -> Preferences Theme Drag downloaded theme files onto the Theme Manager to make them appear in the list <ul><li>Themes can have: </li></ul> Controls - sometimes called GTK Themes Window Borders - sometimes called Metacity Themes Icons <ul><li>Most themes include all of these items, some have only one - you can find those by clicking the Customize or Theme Details button. Here you can also mix and match elements from different themes. </li></ul>